Vets, techs, assistants needed for dogs found at illegal breeder

By: - September 8, 2022 3:10 pm

The ASPCA is asking licensed veterinarians, techs, and assistants to volunteer their time to the effort. (Photo courtesy ASPCA)

Hundreds of dogs and puppies found in late August at an illegal breeding compound in Nye County are in need of veterinary care. 

“When the animals were removed from the property, many appeared emaciated and appeared to be suffering from untreated medical conditions, which is why additional support is essential to provide these dogs with critical care to get them to good health,” says ASPCA spokeswoman Alyssa Fleck. “Specific training, protocols and information will be provided at the temporary shelter operated by the Sheriff’s Office.”

The ASPCA is asking licensed veterinarians, techs, and assistants to volunteer their time to the effort. 

Oskana Higgins and Vasili Platunov are charged with felony animal cruelty, according to court records. Neighbors had complained to Nye County officials about the operation in the past, authorities say. 

A veterinarian in Nye County reported the neglect to authorities when she was brought an emaciated dog to be euthanized.  

Anyone with expertise and availability between now and Sept. 30 is asked to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at [email protected].

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.